Thursday, November 19, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Pat spun a starter bearing yesterday & that put a halt to dialing in his bike for Saturdays ride so I took the opportunity to put in a few hours on the first working samples of the Kicker pedal & air cleaner.
So far I'm pretty pleased with both. Check them out but keep in mind there will be quite a few changes before they're ready.
I'm thinking the logos will be different on the pedal, some of the lines softened up a bit, a smaller bolt. The air cleaner will be changed the most with no visable logo & a completely different look on the front, a different mounting system & possibly a bit thinner.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Here's a couple of first prototypes of what we're working on. Keep in mind these are the first samples so a lot of changes are going to be made.
The air cleaner you see is real close to the size & shape, we're still working on style & multiple carb mounting methods.
The kick pedal is loosely based on one of my favorite BMX pedals that back then was too expensive for me to own. Anyone know which one?
It also has a ways to go but I'm already pretty stoked on it.
I've been ask a bunch of times how we make these points covers look the way they do.
Here it is.
First we cut the material to size and clamp it in the machine. Pat works his keyboard magic & the cutting begins.
Media blast front and back.
Next: I bolt each cover to a fixture, clamp it in the vice and rough shape it with an angle grinder/ rough grit flap wheel. Once I'm happy with the rough shape I smooth in the final edges on the bench grinder with an 80 grit flap wheel.
The final steps are the polishing, first with black emery compound and the stitch wheel, secondly with white compound and the poofy polish wheel.